Julau MP Larry Sng, who quit PKR over the weekend to back Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, said he is not bound by any agreement with the party as he had contested the last general election as an independent candidate.
He was responding to PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail’s statement that the party would sue him and Tebrau MP Steven Choong for quitting to support the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
PKR has since sacked the duo.
Sng said he had successfully wrested the Julau parliamentary seat during GE14 before being invited to join PKR.
He said he did not contest under the PKR ticket and did not have any bond with the party. “Hence, it doesn’t apply to me if they were to take legal action,” he told FMT.
He said that when Lubok Antu MP Jugah Muyang quit PKR last year and pledged his support for Muhyiddin, no legal action was taken against him as he had also won as an independent before joining PKR.
In 2018, Sng polled 10,105 votes to win the Julau seat, defeating four-term incumbent Joseph Salang Gandum of Sarawak People’s Party, who secured 8,174 votes.
He joined PKR shortly after the elections and took over as the state party chairman after Selangau MP Baru Bian quit the party last year.
On Sunday, Sng confirmed he had left the party to back Muhyiddin. He said he was unable to serve effectively because of the lack of funds since he was in the opposition.
“I won as an independent and have returned as an independent after consulting my constituents. Nothing wrong with that,” he said.
Saifuddin had said the PKR central leadership had discussed legal action to be taken against Sng and Choong as they had betrayed the mandate of the voters and left the party. – FMT